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What is adaptive clothing?

What is adaptive clothing?

The process of getting dressed is universally known and every day, this same ritual is repeated by countless people, regardless of age. However, while common, this process is not so straightforward. This is especially true for the elderly or people with reduced mobility who may have difficulty getting dressed.

Fortunately, the world of textiles has evolved and various adaptive clothing has been introduced. But do you really know what adaptive clothing is? How do they differ from regular clothes? Here is a brief overview of adaptive clothing and its uses for people with a loss of autonomy and their caregivers.

Regular clothing and adaptive clothing: what are the differences?

In the past, so-called "adaptive" clothing was designed from modified traditional clothing. In the 1980s, some manufacturers identified the potential of this type of clothing and the genuine interest it could have for people with reduced mobility and their families. Since then, the range has continued to develop, allowing individuals to expand their wardrobes.

But what are the distinguishing features of this very special clothing? What are the advantages that earn it the title of adaptive clothing?

Larger openings and fastening systems make it easier to put on

Adaptive clothing has specific features that make it easier to put on, such as large openings that are more suitable for reduced mobility. This simplifies the dressing process, especially when the person is sitting or lying down, and limits overly restrictive movements. For example, you will no longer have to raise your arms to the sky to put on a top.

In addition, the buttons usually found on shirts and trousers are replaced by carefully concealed snap fasteners or velcro strips.

Carefully selected materials

Fabric choice is of great importance in the design of adaptive clothing, as they are generally softer and easier to care for than regular clothing. As they are made of high-quality materials, such as bamboo fibers, they provide warmth in the winter and coolness in the hot season. Finally, they will be easier to clean, with materials that do not absorb stains and do not wrinkle. In other words, an adaptive garment makes it easier for the person who wears it as well as for the person who helps him/her to get dressed.

The discreet nature of adaptive clothing

One might think that all these adjustments may be noticeable but, on the contrary, adaptive clothing is very discreet for the people who wear it. Indeed, all adjustments made to clothing are concealed once the outfit is worn. In this way, the person wearing this type of clothing does not feel any different from anyone else but, above all, adaptive clothing allows them to dress according to their needs while preserving their dignity.

Ovidis for quality adaptive clothing

As you can see, adaptive clothing is designed to make everyday life easier for people who are losing their independence, but also for their caregivers, without compromising the pleasure of dressing elegantly.

If you are looking for comfortable and creative clothing, do not hesitate to contact Ovidis. Our team's mission is to improve the quality of life for people with reduced mobility and their caregivers, while allowing them to express their personality.

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